Morell was an Obama ally. His ouster suggests that the President’s allies are allies of convenience only. Before his 2010 nomination as Deputy Director, Morell served as Director for Intelligence, a position he had held since 2008. Before that, he served as the CIA’s first Associate Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008.
In May 2010, Morell was sworn in as DDCI. He served his first stint as Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, following the appointment of Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. On November 9, 2012, Morell once again became Acting Director after David Petraeus following sex scandal, conveniently falling on the heels of the Benghazi Scandal. (always a bridesmaid, never a bride) Obama chose John Brennan, as director, passing over Morell yet again.
Back to Haines.
Forget about the women angle, or the lawyer piece, or, for that matter, Haines’s lack of agency experience, says Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center. With Mr. Brennan and Haines in the top two jobs, the CIA has a direct pipeline to the White House.
“I think this underscores the relevance of the CIA in the post-9/11 era,” Mudd says. “You want people with firepower there – and that’s political firepower. Because the White House needs that agency in ways they’ve never needed it before.”